Treating Your Psoriasis
Appearing as thick patches of red itchy skin, what may initially seem like a passing rash can be, in fact, psoriasis. It is a chronic condition that is unfortunately without a cure, but it can be managed by lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medication, and with the help of prescription medication and other treatments when necessary. To learn more about psoriasis and how you can live comfortably with the condition reach out to Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ.
There are different types of psoriasis but plaque psoriasis is the most common. Named after the hardened patches, or plaques, of skin that manifest usually on the elbows, knees, and scalp. These are often itchy, inflamed, and red in appearance. Symptoms aren't always present, they can subside for long periods, giving the impression that the condition has subsided. Although without a cure, proper management can mean longer periods free of many of these symptoms.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes the body to attack skin cells as if they were foreign bacteria. As a result, skin cells counter by increasing production, creating the known symptoms. It is not a condition that can be transmitted from person to person, meaning it is not contagious. A genetic predisposition may be to blame, but not all who possess it suffer from psoriasis, hinting at other factors playing a role.
Managing psoriasis means managing the triggers that cause the flare-ups. Heavy alcohol use has been known to trigger the condition, as well as stress and certain medications. You can speak with your doctor for resources to help with stress and alcohol abuse, as well as with medication that could be causing flare-ups to find out if alternatives are available. Injuries and infections can also bring about your psoriasis symptoms.
Psoriasis Treatment in Manalapan, NJ
If you suspect psoriasis may be to blame for your skin condition, coming into the office for an examination and a diagnosis is an important first step. Besides helping you to avoid triggers, your doctor can also help with prescription medication, topical treatments, and light therapy to further fight your psoriasis symptoms.
Book an appointment today with Dr. Silbret and Dr. Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, by dialing (732) 303-1500.